Digital Desk, Dubai. The thrill of the Indian fans was almost halved due to the defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the first match of the T20 World Cup and Afghanistan has worked to put the brakes on what was left. Afghanistan has created trouble for the Indian team by registering a big win over Scotland. Afghanistan registered a big win by defeating Scotland by 130 runs in their very first match. Afghanistan’s victory by such a huge margin has made the road ahead for India difficult. India is already in danger of being out of the tournament because when the run-rate is seen ahead, then the Indian team can get screwed.
India may have played only one match. But the 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Pakistan will see them till the end of the tournament. The situation could have been controlled if the defeat had been there, but Afghanistan’s massive victory by 130 runs has added fuel to the fire. Currently, Team India is running in minus in terms of run rate while Pakistan and Afghanistan are in plus in terms of run rate.
The road ahead is very difficult for India
Two teams each from both the groups of Super 12 will advance to the semi-finals. India next take on New Zealand on October 31 but India will have to hope for a win in today’s match to keep India on their own in the tournament. Because if New Zealand defeats Pakistan in today’s match, then it is almost certain to increase the difficulties for India. On the other hand, if Pakistan beat New Zealand today and India register a win over New Zealand by a slightly larger margin on October 31, then there is room for improvement in matters. But cricket is said to be a game of uncertainties, if India’s hopes are not met, then the danger of being out of the semi-final race is clearly visible.
India is at number 3 in the points table
Team India is to face New Zealand on 31 October, followed by Scotland on 5 November and face Afghanistan on 8 November. In these three matches, at least Team India has to win big in two matches as well as pray for Afghanistan’s defeat. Team India is at the third position in Group-2’s points table and its account has not even been opened in the points table.
At present, India is at number three in the Group 2 points table. But if he wants to reach the semi-finals, then he will have to try to maintain himself in the top 2 by all means.